Exclusive Community Screening: “Angst: Raising Awareness about Anxiety”
In partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education we will be sponsoring a Community Screening of the critically acclaimed short film, “Angst” along with a community expert panel moderated by the Emmy-winning film producer of “Angst,” Karin Gornick on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at the Rialto Theater.
Please register at the following link to attend: bit.ly/AngstScreen
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It is perfectly normal to feel anxious sometimes. It’s an important emotion to feel, because it lets us know how important the outcome of our activities is to us and it also lets us know when we’re in danger. A little bit of anxiety is a good thing and can enhance your performance on tasks. Alternatively, too much anxiety can affect our judgment and our ability to make simple decisions. Although there are occasions when high levels of anxiety are totally normal (like dangling off the ledge of a 10-story building), some people’s bodies send them mixed signals, making them think that they are in danger when they’re not (just looking out the window of a 10-story building). When this anxiety starts interfering with someone’s ability to live a normal life, it’s considered an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders cause substantial emotional, cognitive, and behavioral difficulties, and are one of th
e most common and most treatable mental disorders.
Although not a substitute for treatment, the following tips can be helpful for people with an anxiety disorder and people experiencing regular anxiety.
Exercise – Exercise helps both physically and mentally.
Relax – Learn deep breathing techniques (such as Box Breathing); consider trying yoga or meditation.
Get enough Sleep – Try to get 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night.
Learn to laugh – Laughing decreases anxious feelings
No alcohol & drug consumption – Be careful not to use alcohol, nicotine, or other drugs to “self-treat” anxiety.
Reduce caffeine intake – Caffeine makes your heart race, which can make anxiety worse.
Eat a well-balanced diet – Eating healthy, well-balanced meals and avoiding junk food when possible keeps you in your best form, so you’re better able to cope with anxiety-provoking situations.
Create a support network – Talk to friends you can trust.
Learn to manage your time – Putting tasks off can become overwhelming. Get organized and review your daily tasks each morning. Break larger, more intimidating tasks down into smaller steps. Focus on one step at a time. Learn to do the most important things first.
Challenge your perfectionism – Chill out, praise yourself for trying.
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